In 2009, Lumina Foundation released its first four-year strategic plan. That plan was based on achieving Goal 2025 – a national endeavor to increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025. Progress toward that Goal is increasing, but the pace of attainment must improve.
In order to reach Goal 2025, the nation must produce 62 million high-quality degrees and credentials over the next 12 years. At current rates, we will fall 23 million degrees and credentials short. To close that gap, we must expand access and success in education beyond high school, particularly among low-income and first-generation students, racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, veterans, and adults with some college, but no degree.
That’s why Lumina has unveiled its new Strategic Plan covering 2013-2016. The Plan reflects key lessons learned over the last four years and includes compelling new strategies.
The Plan includes strategies designed to help mobilize the nation around Goal 2025. These strategies focus on engagement with employers, higher education institutions and systems, state and federal policymakers, and a variety of key stakeholders.
The Plan also includes strategies geared toward building a 21st Century higher education system. Those strategies focus on creating: new higher education business models; new models of student financial support, and a new national system of credentials and credits that is based on learning and competencies rather than time.
As the nation’s largest private foundation focused exclusively on getting more Americans into and through higher education, Lumina hopes to drive a national sense of urgency so as to stimulate action in higher education and public policy to achieve Goal 2025.
We need significantly more skilled workers to help grow the economy and create jobs for the future. Increasing the nation's postsecondary attainment is the solution.